04月03 “UAV” Automated Retail System for Packaging Products
Pensa Systems, which develops autonomous sensing systems, has introduced a new retail inventory visibility system.
The system recently received a test from Anheuser-Busch InBev at a retail store in Canada to inform retailers and brand owners of the actual merchandise – at all stores, anywhere, at any time.
The system uses computer vision to “see”, then patent-pending artificial intelligence to learn, analyze and summarize, and agile, autonomous drones as mobile eyes, the first to automate visual tasks.
Pensa Systems claims to be the first company to offer a wide range of scalable systems that provide complete, real-time and actionable data and insights that enable CPG (fast consumer goods) brands and retailers to automatically and systematically track in-store inventory.
An autonomous drone can quickly scan and automatically sense the shelf status of the beer area of the store. Then draw conclusions and make predictions about inventory levels and other conditions for sale.
“You can’t sell what’s not on the shelf. Richard Schwartz, president and CEO of Pensa Systems, says that for retail supply chains, the visibility of in-store inventory is still a huge black hole. Other solutions, such as smart shelves. Too expensive, inaccurate and fragile. By combining artificial intelligence in the cloud with cheap drones for remote data collection, Pensa Systems has created a scalable solution that can break the deadlock.”
Pensa Systems has worked with major CPG brands and retailers to conduct field trials internationally. The system has been piloted under a variety of shelf conditions in multiple product categories and (stock unit) formats, including dry shelves and open and closed air coolers.
In an experiment with Anheuser-Busch InBev, the system scanned dry shelves and coolers of different product types (cans, bottles packaging, sachets filling) over a two-week period, capturing 15.9 million SKUs during 200 flights (2 miles total) The image has an accuracy rate of 98%.
Andrew Green, Budweiser InBev’s Global Innovation Director, said: “Insufficient retail inventory is a major challenge for CPG and its retail partners, as this could result in millions of dollars in lost sales. We visualize new retail inventory at Pensa Systems The method is very interesting and looks forward to testing in a future business environment.